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to create chaos that with dismember the country. speaking at the united nations general assembly the syrian foreign minister defended his country's crackdown on protesters blaming the campaign on foreign intervention. >> any objective analysis of the events in and around syria will demonstrate that the purpose of the unjust anti-syria campaign under way is to attack this model of co-existence that has been a source of pride to our people. how can away otherwise explain media provocations, financing and arming religious extremism? what purpose could it serve on total chaos to dismember syria a and adversely affect its neighbors. what else could this course achieve other than spreading western hegemony over the countries of the mediterranean and serving israel's expansionist interests? i assure you our people are determined to reject all forms of foreign intervention in their internal affairs. we shall continue to pursue security and stability. >> let's get other stories. the appeal hearing of amanda knox convicted of killing her british flat mate continues in an italian city. a defense lawye
. but the u.s. is confident his regime has collapsed. and in a related development, the united nation's general assembly voted to give libya's seat to the national transitional council, made up of former rebels. back in the u.s., president obama today signed into law the first major overhaul of the nation's patent system in nearly 60 years. the america invents act is designed to streamline the patent process, reduce costly legal battles, and give the patent office more money to process applications faster. that office currently takes an average of three years to approve a patent. at a signing ceremony in alexandria, virginia, the president said the bipartisan law would help bring products to market faster and spur innovation. on wall street today, stocks closed strong, managing their first five-day winning streak since july. the dow jones industrial average gained nearly 76 points to close at 11,509. the nasdaq rose 15 points to close above 2,622. for the week, the dow gained nearly 5%; the nasdaq rose more than 6%. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> wood
nations, world leaders continue to address the general assembly. among them was mahmoud ahmadinejad. he said the 9/11 attacks were used as a pretext by the u.s. delegation and other western diplomat. it was the controversial bid by palestine for membership in the u.n. that continues to dominate. the u.n. special representative for the middle east peace process is here. the u.k. prime minister, david cameron, echoed president obama today saying palestinian membership could not replace a peace agreement. isn't this a sign that the palestinians have given up on the peace process? >> i hope not. this is not what we are hearing from president abbas. he has told the secretary general back negotiations remain his priority. -- that negotiations remain his priority. this could be a reflection of their frustration of making one peace process after another. now they are seeking to advance in the united nations. i understand that president abbas tomorrow will come to the office of the secretary-general and submit a letter for membership to the united nations. what could happen after that? he will m
. the united nations secretary ban ki-moon will open the un general assembly or the world leaders get to take center stage in new york. the dominant topic this week, the rebuilding of libya and the palestinian quest for membership of the world body. are you and correspondents has this. >> this year's general assembly will be dominated as much by leaders who are not here by those who are. moammar gaddafi is one of the victims of the wave of democratic revolutions that have swept the arab world. he was once the supreme leader and is now replaced by the end of the rebel council. libya is not the only state with revolutionary change. tunisia and egypt are sending your representatives. there is unrest and violence in syria, in yemen, and bahrain. but the u.n. is not simply reflecting changes in the arab world, but may become a part of them. palestinians will ask to be accepted as a u.n. member states, an act of independence that they say was inspired by the arab spring. palestinian activist in front of the u.n. press corps, illustrating their campaign with a unc for palestine. >> our people say if
by the united nations. he spoke to the u.n. general assembly for the third time since taking office. the president had made clear he would make middle east peace the focus of today's address. he set the stage by recounting what he called "a remarkable year," that saw the killing of osama bin laden, as well as arab spring uprisings that have brought down decades-old regimes dictators in libya, egypt and tunisia. >> something is happening in our world. the way things have been is not the way they will be. the humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open. the promise written down on paper-- all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights-- is closer at hand. >> brown: the president then turned to the israeli- palestinian conflict, acknowledging that, for many in the audience at the u.n., it stands as a key test of those principles. but the president acknowledged, the israeli-palestinian conflict more than any other has put those principles to the test. >> one year ago, i stood at this podium and called for an independent palestine. i believed then and i
showdown at the united nations as palestinian officials push for statehood and a vote in the general assembly. that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> i mean, where would we be without small businesses? >> we need small businesses. >> they're the ones that help drive growth. >> like electricians, mechanics, carpenters. >> they strengthen our communities. >> every year, chevron spends billions with small businesses. that goes right to the heart of local communities, providing jobs, keeping people at work. they depend on us. >> the economy depends on them. >> and we depend on them. ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you.
's and palestinians. in new york, they're pushing hard with plans to get the united nations to recognize them as a state. they are alarmed and angry. september brings the world's club of nations to new york. this year's general assembly opening promises to be an unusually fraud affair. the clubhouse is under renovation and there is bitter division over an application of the membership. it looks like we are about to witness the biggest united nations, for many years, opponents of the palace in the strategy argue that they could take an already inflamed region over the brink of war and it would bring about a confrontation between the united states, a donor to this organization and the u.n., and could endanger hundreds of millions in humanitarian funding currently going to the palestinian authority. by pushing their case to the full members of the u.n., the palestinians have sought a greater role on this world stage. they could get political and legal rights out of it. that has brought american political heavyweights, people like colin powell. >> ultimately, it will have to be the peace process
will present the official request of state of palestine to the secretary general of the united nations, asking that palestine will be admitted as full member states in the united nations. >> sreenivasan: malki did not rule out a last-minute compromise. at the same time, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu announced he will address the u.n. general assembly to oppose the palestinian push. >> now i know that the general assembly is not a place where israel get a fair hearing. i know that the automatic majorities, they're always rushed to condemn israel and twist truth beyond recognition. but i have decide to go there anyway, not to win applause but to speak the truth to every nation that wants to hear the truth. >> sreenivasan: both israel and the u.s. argue the only way to palestinian statehood is through direct negotiations with the israelis. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to ray. >> suarez: and to a rare and intimate glimpse into history. the new book, "jacqueline kennedy: historic conversations on life with john f. kennedy," includes never-before-heard audio recor
the united nations with a request for recognition today. the speech -- abbas' speech was warmly received at the u.n. general assembly but not by the u.s. or by israel. so how did it come to this, christ ie? had >> we could go back many decades to answer that question but we could also start with the administration, you remember the president began very hopeful to do something about the middle east the >> they're always hopeful the >> get them talking and defuse tensions and maybe that would be a bridge to building warmer relations in the region the but two years later, obviously things have fallen completely apart, the parties aren't even talking to each other and don't seem to have any incentive to do that. gwen: and the u.s.a. could not persuade abbas not to bring this big challenge to the u.n., which we -- they were desperate to do. >> they've had many weeks, many months to work on that. it would be embarrassing. the u.s. obviously opposes it. the u.s. and israel want to see this worked out in direct taungs but despite -- talks but despite all the months of direct diplomacy, it still
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